Zola takes charge

Gianfranco Zola took charge of his first training session at Chadwell Heath on Monday morning and quickly set about conveying his new ideas to his players.

Assisted by Kevin Keen and new fitness coach Antonio Pintus, Zola put a full squad of players through their paces. Dean Ashton trained despite having stitches in his ear against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, while youngsters Freddie Sears, Kyel Reid and James Tomkins all looked determined to impress in the Italian's first session.

Although the first day in charge, the focus was fully on Saturday's visit of Newcastle United with the team looking to bounce back from the narrow defeat at West Brom on Saturday. First up though is the reserve match away to Chelsea this evening, with full text coverage to come via whufc.com. It will be a youthful squad although Jan Lastuvka is set to play. Tickets for the match at Brentford's Griffin Park are £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

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Gianfranco Zola